Major protest planned for Newcastle over plans to shutdown Parliament

The Labour-supporting Momentum group is calling on its supporters to “occupy bridges and blockade roads” in 10 cities, including Newcastle, at the weekend.

The move is in protest against Boris Johnson’s bid to shut down Parliament.

Momentum’s national coordinator Laura Parker said: “There are thousands of us who will join an occupation of Parliament and block the roads before we let Johnson close the doors on democracy.

“We’re going to contact all Momentum supporters and encourage them to protest, occupy and blockade on Saturday."

The group is also planning similar protests in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield and York.

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